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No Assassin's Creed 2 this year

Treat 'em mean, keep 'em keen...

Laurent Detoc, the president of Ubisoft North America, has confirmed we won't be seeing a new Assassin's Creed game this year. But if we were going to, we would have already seen it by now.

"When we bring it back, there will be more anticipation for it," Detoc said an interview with Forbes.

Assassin's Creed received some positive reviews, but wasn't perfect. Our own Andy Robinson (currently in a Mexican jail) said that "questionable stealth elements and repetition prevent Assassin's from achieving greatness." He gave it 8.7.

Despite this, Detoc is happy with the overall outcome. "We just did 'Assassin's and are sitting on top of the world," he said, "but we have to come back to reality very quickly because you're only as good as your last product." So slightly broken but otherwise enjoyable, then?

He also addressed why we haven't seen a new Prince of Persia game in three years. Apparently the two sequels didn't do as well as the first game, so Ubisoft decided to pull back production and create a demand for it. Treat 'em mean, keep 'em keen and all that...

We always thought that the aesthetic changes made to Warrior Within were because was Sands of Time underperformed. Now it seems that those changes were all in vain, which makes the whole thing even sadder.